The six women, aged 22 to 34, are expected to perform 30 scientific experiments during the eight-day simulation and will live inside a wood-panelled suite of rooms at Moscow's Institute of Biomedical Problems as part of a study on the effects of living in space on human physiology and emotions.
Their eight-day mission will be completed Thursday, November 5.Russia sent the first woman into space, Valentina Tereshkova, in 1963 but has lagged behind since. Last year it sent its fourth female cosmonaut into space, Yelena Serova.
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